ABB's new parental leave program supports an inclusive working environment

• ABB's parental leave program promotes gender-inclusive parental leave
• The program provides 12 weeks paid leave for primary caregiver and 4 weeks paid leave for co-parents
• The benefit is expected to run concurrently with any paid leave granted by local laws and regulations

The parental leave program forms part of ABB’s “Global Diversity & Inclusion Strategy 2030” (D&I), which was launched in 2020. The D&I strategy clearly defines ABB’s efforts to ensure inclusion and equal treatment of all, regardless of gender, ability, age, ethnic origin, sexual orientation etc.

"The new program reflects our value of care and underlines our 2030 sustainability strategy commitment to promote social progress both within ABB and the communities we serve. With it, we are supporting our employees who are parents, helping to give the next generation a secure start in life, and reinforcing the reputation of ABB as an employer of choice", said Ken Mulcock, Country Holding Officer for ABB New Zealand.

Under the new program, both primary and secondary caregivers will receive a certain amount of paid leave following the birth of a child or when they become a parent by adoption or surrogacy. Primary caregivers will receive 12 weeks of paid leave, and secondary caregivers four weeks of paid leave. The leave may be taken at any time within the first year of the baby’s birth or adoption, in agreement with the employee’s line manager.

"Through our values and commitment to diversity and inclusion, I am delighted that we have introduced this programme in New Zealand. It will position ABB as an inclusive company where everyone can succeed and develop", said Tancy Douglas, Country Human Resources Manager for ABB New Zealand.

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a leading global technology company that energizes the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. By connecting software to its electrification, robotics, automation, and motion portfolio, ABB pushes the boundaries of technology to drive performance to new levels. With a history of excellence stretching back more than 130 years, ABB’s success is driven by about 105,000 talented employees in over 100 countries. www.abb.com.

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